Henry “Jay” Powell IX grew up in the Maryland and Virginia area, and in support of customer demand, has moved several times to include journeys overseas, and to Texas and Florida.
He has spent over 25 years in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community as both a government employee and a contractor, and at one time owned his own company focused on infrastructure and software development.
He leads ongoing innovation initiatives that explore emerging technologies, assesses their application to the client and company business needs, and implements new strategies and solutions.
Mr. Powell is the VP/CTO of GDIT for the Intelligence and Homeland Security Division. In his previous roles he served as the Sr. Director of Solutions Architecture and Director of Programs in the Defense group CTO organization, focused on DoD and Intelligence Community solutions for large programs and proposals and executive leadership on running programs. In addition, his duties also included the leadership of the Integrated Innovation Center (IIC) and the Early Career Talent Program (ECTP).
Recently, Mr. Powell was honored with the distinction of GDIT Distinguished Technologist for his technical leadership and expertise to include the strategic development of talent.
Jay’s education pursuits started at UMBC in the Pre-Med program / Medical Sociology dual major and then he adjusted his focus to include his passion for computer security, infrastructure, data sciences, and software development which triggered a transition to an Information Technology major and graduation from Trinity College and University.